ROARS Nets

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ROARS Net Awards 2023: Details from ROARS Chairman Peter Gavin: 31st March 2023

“It is with pleasure that I am able to announce the members who have attended the Thursday Net for 20 or more times this year from April 2022 to March 2023.

Mike M6MPC is obviously top of the list as our net controller. Many thanks for your efforts during the year Mike it is very much appreciated by all of us.

Top of the participants this year and the winner is Tim Strickland G4EOA with 42

Tim G4EOA                              42

Robin G3OGP                          38

Ken Lax GW3VVL                     34

Peter M0URL                           30

Tiel PA3KGR                             29

Ian G4JKD                                  21

Mike G0CHV                            21

Well done to you all,” a sterling effort”.

Thanks to everyone who joined the Nets during the year.

Very 73

Peter

Main ROARS Net on Thursdays

This takes place every Thursday night at 19.00 local on 3507kHz or 7017 Khz and is run by our Web Meister Mike Carter M6MPC. Each person that calls in will be given a QRY number. The net starts with Tintwhistle weather followed by a passage from the Maritime Union Magazine in Dutch and English plus a block of mixed 5-digit code groups. Then Mike sets the members three questions appertaining to our time at sea. Each member is then called in turn to give their weather, answers to the questions and any other pertinent information. If conditions on 3507kHz/7017Khz for the weekly Thursday 19.00 net are very poor such as long skip where no UK stations are readable then Mike M6MPC will revert to Top Band 1827kHz and call there. Check on WhatsApp Group before sked for QRG changes

ROARS Rag Chew Sked on Tuesdays

The following sked is to encourage more members to go on the air for a leisurely CW chat as we used to do during a slack watch at sea. This will provide an on-air meeting place and time to connect with colleagues/friends. Please note that this is not really a Net as there will be no Net Controller. As a matter of courtesy, QSOs should proceed at the speed of the slower operator. Once a QSO is established please QSY Up or down to make room for others to make a call.

SKED DETAIL Tuesdays 1000 – 1100 Local time. Call Freqs: 3538/3565 kHz or 7017 kHz. Call format: CQ ROA DE MYCALL. Exchange: RST + Op Name + QSY +/- kHz. Call Speed: What you are comfortable with. (Speed of slower Operator) Topics: Your choice of Topic. So, Lads roll up your sleeves, dust down those keys and light up the airwaves with your CW QSOs!

Peter/M0URL

Mike/M6MPC

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Net report for Thursday 22 February from Mike Carter

Conditions tonight were a lot better than has been for ages. Most signals 599 or +
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G4EOA       Tim fm Hastings
 
G3OGP       Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
GW3VVL     Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
M0URL        Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
MW0UTT     Colin fm Llanfair
 
MW0JWW    John fm Fishguard
 
EI3ER          Tom fm Galway
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
Sent a Joke fm over 70’s Joke Book
£ Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO ELC bnd 8PO where fm where to?     (Monrovia, Liberia to Barbados)
Q2 – The Panama Canal gets its water for locks from what?     (Gatun Lake – Fresh Water)
Q3 – What country is Cape Horn in?    (Chile)
 
Some good answers tonight. Memories coming back.

Net report for Thursday 15 February from Mike Carter

Conditions tonight not too bad, but struggling to get Mike in Whitley Bay.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
 
M0URL          Peter fm Yateley
 
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst
 
G0CHV         Mike fm Morecambe
 
EI3ER           Tom fm Galway
 
G3GMS         Mike fm Whitley Bay
 
MW0UTT      Colin fm Llanfair
 
GW3VVL       Ken fm crew Green Wales
 
Sent tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
Sent Joke out of over 70’s Joke book
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO ODR bnd JYO where from, where to?   (Beirut to Aqabah)
Q2 – What colours were the strips in your MN tie and scarf?( red/white/green)
Q3 – Belize in the Caribbean, is bordered by Mexico and what banana Republic (Guatemala)
 
Some good answers, but question 2 difficult!

Net report for Thursday 08 February from Mike Carter

Conditions fair again tonight but a couple of the lads were quite weak and my reception was terrible due
to the HV pylon buzzing away only 70 yards round the back of me. I have HV cables across the back garden (hill)
having 440,000 volts running through them. Great in dry weather, but just now, terrible reception.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
G0CHV         Mike fm Morecambe
 
M0URL         Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
MW0UTT      Colin fm Llanfair
 
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
 
EI5KO           Mike fm Limerick
 
EI3ER           Tom fm Galway
 
GW3VVL       Ken fm Crew green Wales  
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
Sent Joke out of over 70’s Joke Book
3 questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO EJK bnd HZY where from, where to?               (Bantry Bay to Ras Tanurah)
Q2 – What Marine Radio station, sat on the southern most point on the Isle of Wight?       (Nitonradio/GNI)
Q3 – What Strait is between Iceland and Greenland East Coast?        (Denmark Strait)
 
Some good answers tonight. Pity about my horrible reception, otherwise could have got every word sent!

Net report for Thursday 01 February from Mike Carter

Conditions very up and down tonight, but did ok.
 
On tonight’s Net, were the following:-
 
G4JKD           Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
 
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew green Wales
 
G3OGP          Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
G0CHV          Mike fm Morecambe
 
M0URL          Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
MW0JWW     John fm Fishguard
 
EI3KO            Mike fm Limerick   (Not heard when called)
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
Sent a joke out of Over 70’s Joke Book
3 Questions:-
Q1 – you are QTO VID bnd 9MG where from, where to? (Darwin to Penang)
Q2 – Where are the warning bells from ships auto alarm fitted?    (Bridge/Radio Room/RO’s Cabin)
Q3 – Going east through Bass Strait, what Island, unseen, is on your starboard side?     (Tasmania)

Net report for Thursday 25 January from Mike Carter

Conditions pretty good tonight with just a little QSB.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G0ELZ          Bill fm Liverpool
 
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
 
M0URL         Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
EI3ER           Tom fm Galway
 
MW0JWW     John fm Fishguard
 
MW0UTT       Colin fm Llanfair
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
Sent a joke from Over 70’s Joke Book
3 questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO TNA bnd TJC where from, where to?   (Pointe Noire to Douala, Cameroon)
Q2 – Approximate year Suez Canal work started dredging for new North Channel? (About 1980)
Q3 – What is the new name for Lourenco Marques?    (Maputo)
 
Questions 1 and 2 were not very easy according to answers.

Net report for Thursday 18 January from Mike Carter

Conditions good tonight with most signals 599 or above.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following:-
 
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
 
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
M0URL         Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
MW0UTT      Colin fm Llanfair
 
EI3ER           Tom fm Galway
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
Sent Joke out of over 70’s Joke Book
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO 9KK bnd PCH where from, where to?                 (Kuwait to Rotterdam)
Q2 – What port is on the south side of Canal in Panama?                 ( Balboa)
Q3 – Zanzibar (Freddie Mercury home in early years), off what country in Africa?    (Tanzania)
 
Mixed bunch of answers tonight. Thought everyone new Balboa at south end of Panama Canal, but not so.
Tom got all 3 questions tonight, so memory intact!

Net report for Thursday 11 January from MikeCarter

Conditions much better tonight, with most signals around 599 or more.
 
On tonight’s Net weree the following :-
 
G4KJD          Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
 
GW3VVL      Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
M0URL        Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
MW0JWW   John fm Fishguard
 
EI3KO          Mike fm Limerick
 
EI3ER          Tom fm Galway
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC for MRD in April
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
Sent a Joke fm over 70’s Joke Book
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO VCS bnd ICB where from, where to?   (Halifax to Genoa)
Q2 – What devices on cargo ships, replaced the Derricks?  (Cranes)
Q3 – What does the Q code QRQ mean?  (Send Faster)
 
Pretty good turnout tonight, with good answers too.

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